Kuchmagate, Two Years On

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Ukranian President Leonid Kuchma

Thursday, Sep. 26, 2002
Chanting "Away with Kuchma!" some 15,000 protesters marched through the centers of Kiev and other Ukrainian cities last week. The protest is believed to be the largest such demonstration since Ukraine gained its independence 11 years ago.

The protests — which marked the second anniversary of the disappearance of independent Internet journalist Georgy Gongadze — were directed against Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. Gongadze's headless body was found in late November 2000. The president was implicated in the murder after a former bodyguard released tapes containing incriminating conversations that allegedly took place in...